Holt, is situated close to Norfolk’s prestigious North coast. An old market town that has found renewed life, it revels in the popularity that comes from its proximity to places like Blakeney and Cley-next-Sea.
Almost all of its buildings were burnt down in 1808 when a fire broke out and obliterated the town. The rebuild has resulted in a rather handsome Georgian town centre. One of the oldest surviving buildings though is Gresham’s School; Norfolk’s most prestigious public school dating from 1555.
Holt is a cosmopolitan town, with elegant colour-washed houses and narrow lanes running off the high street. With numerous independent shops, there are some pretty courtyards too; Old Stable Yard, Lee’s Yard, Chapel Yard, Feather’s Yard and Apple Yard.
As well as some fabulous bakers, fishmongers, butchers a fish and chip shop and newsagents, there are a large number of clothes shops, galleries, food emporiums and kitchen shops and a plethora of cafes and tea rooms for you to enjoy.
Drive out of the town and you will come across lovely villages such as Wiveton with its renowned pub, The Wiveton Bell. Don’t forget to also visit the Wiveton Café between Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea and Picnic Fayre; a delightful deli in the village of Cley. Cley-next-the-Sea is also great for a day out and be sure to visit the RSPB nature reserve. Drive a little further east along the coast road and you will come across Salthouse with a great pub, The Dun Cow and the quirky Cookies; a famous fish shed which serves wonderful fish dishes overlooking the marsh. Nearby Weybourne is also a visit. A pretty village with a windmill, it sits on the coast road just west of Sheringham. Weybourne’s North Norfolk Railway station lies a mile from the village.
Be sure to also take a trip to see the Seals at Blakeney!
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